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The Employee Rights Advocacy Scholarship Program

The Employee Rights Advocacy Scholarship Program is a project of The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy (The Institute), NELA’s public interest organization. NELA and The Institute are committed to ensuring that NELA’s nationally renowned continuing legal education programs are accessible to those who would otherwise not be able to attend without financial assistance. In this regard, we encourage applications for full or partial scholarships from legal services, public interest, and private lawyers who represent workers. Based on financial need, scholarship awards will cover the cost of the seminar registration fee, hotel expenses (room and tax for a maximum two-night stay), and/or transportation.

To apply for a scholarship, send a letter on your employer’s letterhead describing:

  1. your interest in attending the seminar,
  2. the nature of your legal practice or the legal services you provide,
  3. the workers you represent,
  4. the need for financial assistance,
  5. how the seminar relates to your practice and/or the clients you serve, and
  6. any other information you wish us to consider.

Requests must be accompanied by a completed scholarship application and a registration form. The application and registration form must be received no later than Tuesday, September 1, 2016. Send the forms to:

The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy
2201 Broadway, Suite 402
Oakland, CA 94612
Attention: Scholarship Committee

Please note the following:

  • Preference will be given to applicants who provide direct legal services to workers.
  • Scholarships are not transferable.
  • All applicants will receive notification that their application has been received, and whether it has been granted or denied. Those receiving scholarships will be sent written confirmation at least three weeks in advance of the seminar. Applicants who do not receive notification two (2) weeks before the seminar should contact NELA to inquire about the status of their application. Scholarships will not be awarded retroactively, and applications will not be accepted after the deadline of September 1, 2016. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Scholarship recipients will receive payment after submitting receipts for eligible expenses and a Scholarship Program Evaluation. Scholarship recipients who do not attend the program will forfeit their scholarship award.

We welcome your financial support of The Institute’s Employee Rights Advocacy Scholarship Program. Your contribution toward making NELA’s renowned continuing legal education programs more accessible to employee advocates is deductible as a charitable donation to the extent provided by law. You may make your gift online, or contact Leah A. Hofkin, NELA and The Institute’s Director of Development (Tel: (415) 296-7629; Email:

Supporting The Institute 

Scholarship funding is made possible by the generous support of Bloomberg BNA, the Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Oberman, Satterley & Bosl Foundation, Inc., NELA members, and other individuals.

About The Institute

Established in 2008, The Institute is NELA's public interest organization and shares NELA's mission of advancing equality and justice in the American workplace. The Institute furthers employee rights through innovative legal strategies, policy development, grassroots advocacy, and public education.

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